children's place preschool
Children’s Place is an outreach ministry of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church providing hands-on learning experiences and family education opportunities. Our program is licensed as a private school in State of Florida.
The Children’s Place Academy is located in the Benson Children and Youth Building, across the street from the Sanctuary of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church. We serve children grades 1-5. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Director, Renee Cobb, has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Florida State University with many years of experience directing educational programs. She envisions creating a community where adults and children experience a sense of connection, and she likes to ensure that children have a childhood that is full of play, adventure and investigation.
The Children’s Place staff follows the ethical principles outlined by the Florida Department of Education and together they share the mission, vision, values, and goals that are outlined in this handbook.
Jesus Christ calls each of us to reach out with God’s Love, Hospitality, Hope, and Healing so that all may experience and share the Joy of belonging to Him.
We believe that children are by nature curious and eager learners. We believe that children learn best as they experience the environment through play. Because children “make meaning” through direct experiences in their world, we provide meaningful, relevant hands on experiences and explorations. We place emphasis on educating the whole child. We plan experiences to promote cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. The teachers provide expert guidance and support for children as they explore and learn about living successfully in the world with self and others.
We strive to provide a Christian environment where children and their families feel safe and loved. We seek to provide excellent service in such a fashion as to gain trust with all who interact with us. We emphasize diversity throughout our program, and our individualized, developmental approach lends itself to meeting the unique needs of most children. We are inclusive of children with special needs. We approach our work with a sense of humility and humanity and with enough humor to light our path. We offer a weekly worship service with age appropriate stories and music.
Goals for Your Children
The most important goals of our curriculum are for children to get along well with others and become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become independent, self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We’re teaching them HOW to learn, not just in elementary school, but all through their lives. We do this by creating purposeful and productive learning experiences that help children grow in all areas.
Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development.
To help children develop independence, self-confidence, and self-control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group.
To increase children’s large muscle skills-balancing, running, jumping, throwing and catching-and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like drawing and writing.
To acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions, and to think logically-sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and making patterns-and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.
To use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, and write for varying purposes and audiences.
Through the activities we plan and the way we organize the classroom, select materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, we seek to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.